Emergency Care or Immediate Care

Below are some guidelines to help you determine if a trip to the Emergency Department is necessary, or if a visit to your physician or the Immediate Care Center is more appropriate.

If any of these symptoms are present, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital Emergency Department:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Alteration in level of consciousness or mental status/behavior
  • Severe allergic reaction that includes hives or throat swelling
  • Profuse bleeding
  • Inability to eat or drink
  • Pain that cannot be controlled by over-the-counter medications, ice, etc.
  • Any other life-threatening medical condition

When you need non-emergency medical care and your physician is not available, the Immediate Care Center can provide treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, including:

  • Sore throats, earaches and sinus infections
  • Colds and flu
  • Low-grade fever
  • Minor skin rashes and allergies
  • Sprains, strains and fractures
  • Minor back, joint or muscle pain
  • Minor cuts, burns and abrasions
  • Any other minor, but urgent, medical problem
Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare Network

This site is part of the Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare network of Web sites, which covers a variety of topics using the same philosophy: When it comes to medical care, we know that you have a lot of options. And we want you to know that you're more than a patient to us. You're an individual. We would appreciate the opportunity to provide you with state-of-the-art medical care and down-to-earth, personalized attention.

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